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About Lori

What can I say? I’m a nerd.

Sure, I like rock and pop tunes, but you’ll usually find me geeking out to classical music and trying to belt out Broadway tunes while in the car. Music has been my passion since I was a kid; I can’t imagine my life without it. I live in the Chicago suburbs with my husband and cats. I have a large model horse collection and attend the Model Horse Nerdfest (aka BreyerFest) each year.

Lori the Nerd
Lori the Nerd in her natural habitat – the band room. CLCB and MCC combined Halloween concert 2012.

I compose and arrange music. I’m drawn to writing for beginner and intermediate musicians and enjoy the challenge of creating good pieces within the limitations of what students and other enthusiasts can play. I also love arranging – taking a piece of music and changing it up for other instruments. It gives me a chance to introduce great music to new audiences. Thanks to fantastic resources like IMSLP, I have hoarded a ton of music to play with!

I graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Theory and Composition from the Ohio State University (1997) and a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (2005).  I work as a cataloger in a public library while teaching private clarinet and piano lessons and pursuing various playing and writing opportunities. I play clarinet and bass clarinet in Winds Off the Lake Woodwind Quintet, the Knock on Wood Clarinet Choir, the Crystal Lake (IL) Community Band, the Woodstock (IL) City Band, and an ad hoc clarinet quartet.

I sell my sheet music at JW Pepper and Sheet Music Plus (I am an affiliate there as well).

Check out my interview with VoyageChicago magazine!

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